Wednesday, September 16, 2020

An Open and Shut Case

The folks at Dubreq have just release a cool little accessory for Stylophone players. The new Stylophone S-1 Carry Case features an embossed Stylophone logo cover, two logo zipper pulls, a mesh pocket, and a convenient fabric carrying handle stitched into the spine.
Stylophone S-1 Carry Case - closed

It fits modern S-1 Stylophone models and all of the equivalent vintage models. The pocket can hold sheet music, a patch cable, ear buds, etc. Something like a USB power supply will be too thick to allow the case to be zipped shut. (I tried it.) The case fits an S-1 perfectly, so it's too small to hold a GEN X-1.

S-1 Stylophone Carry Case - opened

The Stylophone S-1 Carry Case is available now. Visit the Dubreq website for more photos and details about an introductory discount.


Sunday, August 23, 2020

An in-depth look at a Stylophone!

 I've revived an old hobby of mine -- 3D photography. This photo is an anaglyph phantogram. To view it on a phone or tablet, put on a pair of red(L)/cyan(R) 3D glasses, then tilt the device to horizontal so that you look down on the image at roughly a 45 degree angle. You will get an effect similar to a hologram. The instrument is an S1 in the Limited Edition Silver color scheme.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Would you like cheese with that Stylophone?


My friend and fellow Stylophone enthusiast Simon Beck has recorded three silly songs featuring the new "back to analog" Stylophone slated for official release later this year.  He calls his Soundcloud playlist "The Cheesefest Trilogy." Click the linked titles to hear what the new Stylophone sounds like in its natural habitat. The arrangements and performances are really well made and quite smile-inducing. Thanks for sharing, Simon!

1- "Funiculì, Funiculà"  1:46 

Luigi Denza and Peppino Turco wrote this Neapolitan song in 1880 to commemorate the opening of the inclined railway system on Mt. Vesuvius. I understand that working as a funicular train conductor has its ups and downs.

2 - "The Girl from Ipanema"  3:04

This Grammy-winning bossa nova hit written by Antônio Carlos Jobim with Portuguese lyrics by Vinícius de Moraes and English lyrics by Norman Gimbel is about... well, you know. It's right there in the title.

3- "English Country Garden"  1:57

I like this bouncy rendition of the classic folk tune also known as "Country Gardens" that was first published in the 1720s.  Apparently it's a favorite among the Morris dancing crowd. To me, it's the tune of the 1963 Allan Sherman/Jacqueline Ward comedy record, "Here's to the Crabgrass."